Chamber of Commerce hires former Giuliani, Cruz campaign aide

Chamber of Commerce hires former Giuliani, Cruz campaign aide
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has hired a former campaign operative for Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Cruz in 2016 said 'something fundamentally wrong' with Christians who back Trump: book Hillicon Valley: Twitter says Trump 'go back' tweet didn't violate rules | Unions back protests targeting Amazon 'Prime Day' | Mnuchin voices 'serious concerns' about Facebook crypto project | Congress mobilizes on cyber threats to electric grid MORE (R-Texas) and ex-New York Mayor Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiHeavy loss by female candidate in Republican NC runoff sparks shock Chamber of Commerce hires former Giuliani, Cruz campaign aide Democratic debates kick off Iowa summer sprint MORE as a political director.

Ashlee Rich Stephenson, who most recently was a principal at consulting firm WPA Intelligence, will be the vice president and political director for the U.S. Chamber’s Voter Education Program, the pro-business lobbying group announced on Wednesday.

In June, Suzanne Clark was named president of the Chamber. She was former Chamber President Thomas Donohue’s longtime top aide, and Donohue plans to stay on as CEO through June 2022. In April, Michelle Russo came on as chief communications officer, which was a newly elevated position. 

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The Chamber has also been undergoing changes recently involving rethinking its close alliance with Republicans and has taken public fire from President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE after clashing with him over trade and other issues. It also lost its entire media relations team earlier this year, sparking concern from outsiders about the health of the organization. 

Stephenson’s role entails directing the Chamber’s voter education program, spotlighting pro-growth House and Senate candidates, and helping voters understand where those candidates stand on business issues.

“Her background working on high level campaigns and expertise in data and polling will help strengthen the Chamber’s voter outreach on pro-growth policies that will benefit consumers and workers across our nation,” Scott Reed, U.S. Chamber of Commerce chief political strategist, said in a press release. 

Stephenson was polling director for Giuliani’s 2008 presidential campaign, worked on the political strategy teams for Cruz’s 2016 campaign and Gov. Scott Walker’s 2016 campaign, and worked as a consultant for Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm Liberal think tank: GOP paid parental leave proposals are too narrow Romney won't say if Trump's attacks against minority lawmakers are racist MORE’s 2012 presidential campaign.